Schools Half Marathon | Schools Running Movement

Schools Half Marathon Brighton and Hove 2019

Schools Half Marathon is part of the nationwide Schools Running Movement by One Running Movement, and is proud to offer many new locations for the school year 2019-20.

This inspiring and potentially life-changing movement encourages school pupils to get active on a regular basis and work towards an exciting half marathon goal, whilst being rewarded for their achievements.

Schools Half Marathon works as a cumulative half marathon, so the youngsters complete the first 12 miles at school over the course of a term or half term, before running the final 1.1 miles at an organised event in front of teachers, family and friends.

On race day, the children are treated to a full race experience including bibs, a marshalled 1.1-mile route, music, commentator and a finish line gantry. For many, this is their first experience of a big sporting event and the atmosphere is superb as the children are cheered over the finish line and collect their hard-earned medals.

Who can take part in Schools Half Marathon?

Schools Half Marathon is inclusive and non-competitive, enabling children of all abilities and backgrounds to achieve something as significant as a half marathon.

Schools Half Marathon Brighton and Hove 2019It encourages youngsters to develop new, healthy habits to exercise regularly, stepping away from screens and electronic gadgets and sharing the joy of their sporting achievement with friends. One of the best things is seeing the big boost of confidence that participants experience as they progress through their miles and the pride on their faces when they receive their hard-earned (and very big and shiny!) medals. This is something that can be experienced by young runners no matter how long it takes them – it is simply about getting out there and doing it. The benefits of getting outside in fresh air and taking part in regular activity are for everyone to enjoy!

What do the pupils receive?

Schools Half Marathon 2019 medalsThere is motivation every step of the way as pupils, teachers and even parents join in the fun of a regular mile run. They receive:

  • A dedicated achievement chart to log each mile run
  • A tracker chart for each classroom to log the miles
  • A glow in the dark wristband at Mile 6
  • A technical t-shirt at Mile 12
  • A bespoke medal at the finish line
  • A carton of One Water at the finish line

How did Schools Half Marathon come about?

Schools Half Marathon began as a trial with two schools in 2017 and the first official Schools Half Marathon took place in June 2018, in Shropshire, as part of Shrewsbury Half Marathon weekend. Schools Half Marathon is now a stand-alone event and part of the nationwide Schools Running Movement by One Running Movement.

Shropshire Primary Schools Half MarathonSchools Half Marathon events in 2019 included Shropshire (which welcomed 1,800 pupils from 32 schools), Telford and Wrekin, Brighton & Hove and Stockport. The events were a great success, with thousands of pupils across the country achieving their Schools Half Marathon.

Over 25 locations across the UK and Northern Ireland are confirmed for the school year 2019/20: see the full event map.

Foundation Partners

Schools Half Marathon is proud to have 12 Foundation Partners formed of well-known names and leaders in the sports industry. Together, the Foundation Partners will form an Advisory Committee (AC) which will work as ONE to continue to drive Schools Half Marathon and the Movement forwards with founders Rebecca Richardson and Joe Williams.

Foundation Partners include:

  • One WaterOne Water:
    One Water is still mountain water packaged in a fully recyclable carton made with sustainable paperboard from FSC-approved forests. It is a great alternative to a plastic bottle, enabling Schools Half Marathon to reduce the impact of their events on the environment. It is also a valuable step towards improving lives on the other side of the world, with every carton of One Water funding life-changing water projects in the world’s poorest communities. Every runner receives a carton of One Water when they cross the finish line of Schools Half Marathon.
  • Polar Schools Half MarathonPolar:
    As the leader in wearable sports and fitness technology, Polar will be powering the education element of Schools Half Marathon. Polar will be providing a supportive structure of practical advice and technical knowledge via Schools Running Movement YouTube. This free sports education channel will support runners, schools and parents as they get active, with the content covering a wide range of running-related topics for runners of all ages and levels.
  • Up & RunningUp & Running:
    Specialist running retailer Up & Running will be donating 25p from the sale of each of their new ‘Bag for Young Lives’ to Schools Half Marathon. The non-woven bags are strong and lightweight, and 100% reusable and recyclable. Up & Running will also support the funding of filming and promotion for Schools Half Marathon.
  • Poly:
    PolyGlobal communications company Poly (“Poly” – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) powers meaningful human connection and collaboration through its audio expertise and video and conferencing capabilities. Poly will be sharing its knowledge and expertise to help drive Schools Half Marathon forwards over the coming years.
  • Save the Children:
    Save the ChildrenGlobal children’s charity Save the Children is the Official Charity Partner for Schools Half Marathon. The partnership aims to raise money to give children brighter futures in the UK and abroad – with a focus on Families Connect, a Save the Children initiative that supports parents and children to learn together. It is hoped that fundraising through Schools Half Marathon will give school children in the UK the chance to make a difference to other children of the same age through their activity.

Schools Half Marathon – Info & Registration

Any school, parent or guardian wishing to find out more or register for Schools Half Marathon can do so on the One Running Movement website or by emailing

The cost per pupil is £12, which represents effective spending of the Sports & PE Premium.

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